With this decision, the EPA is returning to its traditional legal interpretation of the Clean Air Act from nearly 40 years ago.
“This decision puts the law and science first. After review of the scientific findings, and another comprehensive round of public engagement, I have decided this is the appropriate course under the law,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.
California has led the way for years now in terms setting stricter standards on car pollution. In the midst of the Waxman-Markey controversry, environmental policy has taken on a new rigor, and today’s announcement appears to be another step forward for enacting better policy towards the environment.
Due to California’s clean car waiver, 13 other states across the country will be poised to enact similar provisions.
Governer Schwarzenegger had this to say about the EPA’s approval:
After being asleep at the wheel for over two decades, the federal government has finally stepped up and granted California its nation-leading tailpipe emissions waiver. This decision is a huge step for our emerging green economy that will create thousands of new jobs and bring Californians the cars they want while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Thanks to the environmental commitment of President Obama and the continued leadership of state Senator Fran Pavley, California’s long battle to reduce pollution from passenger vehicles is over, and a greener, cleaner future has finally arrived.